Re: GUNS: Re: Self Defense

From: Michael S. Lorrey (
Date: Fri Jan 19 2001 - 11:29:52 MST

Charlie Stross wrote:
> A typical scenario then looks like this: mugger attacks citizen. Citizen
> pulls gun and tells mugger to back off. Mugger refuses, so citizen shoots
> them. They get dyed, photographed, and the police are called. When the
> police arrive, all the guns within fifty metres stop working while they
> sort out who to arrest.
> Alternatively: loony shoots a brick wall, gets photographed and dyed,
> calls police. Police show up. Loony tries to shoot cops -- only to
> discover that the gun doesn't work any more.

Another scenario: Drug dealer gets arrested, and cuts a deal by
providing the 'address' to his supplier, which is actually the home of a
law abiding individual. Police raid the house with a swat team, shoot
first and ask questions later, the occupant being unable to defend

Finally: Smart hacker figures out the signal to disarm guns, and sells
such devices over the net. Gangs use these devices to disarm the
potential guns in a home they've staked out so they know they will meet
no armed defenders. They rob the house and knife the occupants to
eliminate witnesses.
Angered ex-husband buys such a device and disarms his ex-wife so he can
kill her with a hand made zip gun.

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